Maple Grove City Administrator Al Madsen said last week he was not surprised Rouse officials backed away from the project.He
also noted that Chicago-based General Growth
, which had an informal agreement to purchase land on the west side of I-94 across from the Rouse site, recently dropped plans for its regional mall project.
"A regional mall is a major project which involves not only finding anchor stores, but since Sept. 11, life has changed," said Madsen
."The area Rouse was looking at still requires a lot of infrastructure needs and the timing of 9/11 and Hwy. 610 probably played a roll in them backing out."Madsen said it is possible that the specialty stores Rouse was after and are now coming to The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes also played a role in the decision.
MIXED USE ZONINGMadsen
said it is important for people to understand that the school district's land is guided mixed use development and not B-zone, which is purely commercial.
Mixed use zoning requires a combination of office, retail and residential or a regional shopping center, Madsen
said.The land is not commercially zoned for pure retail unless it is a regional mall.Madsen
said a developer could not come in and propose a series of gas stations, restaurants and small strip malls.Right now, a project has to be a regional mall or mixed used.Madsen
said it is still possible for another developer to come in a propose a regional mall on the site, but is not likely.
"The two main players in regional malls are General Growth
and Rouse," said Madsen
."They both have outstanding track records in developing regional malls, and we were fortunate and feeling good to have the two best regional mall developers in America looking at Maple Grove.It remains to be seen what the future holds [for a regional mall in Maple Grove]."
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